Behind The Scenes with the tech powering Cirque Du Soleil’s newest show, Luzia

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When the folks at Cirque Du Soleil invited us to check out some of the technology behind its latest show, Luzia, I just couldn’t say no. I try to get to every Cirque show that comes to the Bay Area, so this was like getting a glimpse into Santa’s workshop.

They’ve built all kinds of incredible stuff for this show, from a monstrous treadmill that runs the length of the stage, to a dynamic waterfall wherein each drop is independently controlled to rain images of flowers and birds down from the bigtop, to a dress covered in flowers that subtly bloom to life. It all comes together to help elevate the show without overpowering its human element; it compliments the performers, but doesn’t distract from the absurd, superhuman-level stuff they’re pulling off night after night.

I asked if we could bring a camera along, and they were open to it — so join us for this rare behind the scenes look!